Wellsville Manor Certified Nursing Assistants Graduate From Career Development Course

Lisa Volk

Pictured are the graduates with Administrator Steven Wieder, Director of Nursing Lorie Kane and CNA Trainer Jill Rinehults.

Ten certified nursing assistants from Wellsville Manor Care Center in Wellsville, NY recently graduated from the Foundation for Quality Care’s Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program.

The CNA Career Ladder Development Program, which is sponsored by the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) and the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., (FQC) offered advanced training to participating CNAs at Wellsville Manor Care Center. The training was made possible through the Advance Training Initiative through the NYS Department of Health to fund a Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program. 

Since 2008, the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc. in partnership with Life Works Learning, has developed and implemented the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program (GNACD) for CNAs in Skilled Nursing Facilities across New York state.

The goals of this program are to: Improve recruitment of CNAs into long term care settings; improve CNA retention through career ladder education, training, and rewards; enhance CNA skills and competencies critical to long term care and assist long term care employers in establishing CNA career pathways.

This 27- hour educational series builds upon the CNAs’ basic 100- hour course with topics including:  Aging and Illness, Spirituality and Dying, Nutrition, Dementia, Communication, Team Building, Quality of Life and Importance of Family.

Steven Wiedner, Administrator, greets the participants.

Steven Wieder, administrator of Wellsville Manor, said, “This program is a means to foster interest in our staff by offering a platform to further expand and enhance their knowledge.”

Many CNAs applied for the program. After an extensive interview process, 10 candidates were selected to study new and time-tested strategies intended to bolster their CNA skills, enable greater mobility in the field and spark interest in further CNA education.

Lisa Volk, NYSHFA/NYSCAL Director of Clinical and Quality Services attended the ceremony.


Lisa Volk, NYSHFA/NYSCAL Director of Clinical and Quality Services, said, “This comprehensive program gives the CNAs the ability to enhance their skills and gives them the opportunity for advancement.”

The graduates of the first program are: Lisa Prentice, Gerald Joyce, Renda Wlasniewski, Courtney Mower, Crystal Carpenter, Melissa Lipka, Connie Serkleski, Lori Jackson, Sierra Perry, and Viktoria Button.

Weider said “It is really a win for everyone seeing the difference in the patients from day to day. The program was well received by the staff.” Lorri Kane DON said, “Our plans are to run the program again.”  

Gifts for the graduates.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL and FQC would like to congratulate all the CNA graduates on their completion of the program.  The participants that successfully complete this course then qualify for an Advanced CNA title and are utilized in a variety of ways in their new position.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.A., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15